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By Ronet Bachman

This quantity is the 1st significant try to systematically learn the etiology of violence in American Indian groups. utilizing fieldwork in addition to quantitative and qualitative learn, Bachman first provides an outline of yankee Indians from ancient and modern views, ahead of she focuses in particular on violence and its motives. murder, suicide, and relations violence are analyzed intensive, and the damaging affects of alcohol and different addictive ingredients are documented.

Dr. Bachman successfully makes use of own tales and narratives given by means of American Indians to demonstrate the residing fact in the back of the facts she offers. She concludes with quite a few coverage ideas that may be of curiosity not just to policymakers, but in addition to educational researchers and scholars in criminology, ethnic relatives, sociology, and anthropology.

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They don't know where to fit in. There is not really an Indian culture anymore and the whites don't accept them. This government has tried forcing us to adopt the white ways, but we need to find our heritage—ourselves. I know we can't go back to hunting buffalo, but we can't do anything unless we have an identity. Another offender describes this culture conflict and how it was intensified by being placed in a White foster home: Like growing up in a white family when you're an Indian is a little strange.

By identifying these sensitizing concepts, the quantitative analysis presented in Chapter 4 is more responsibly informed. METHODS Face-to-face, in-depth interviews were conducted with thirty homicide offenders from July 1988 to January 1989 at three mid western state prisons. All interviews were conducted by this author. These sites were selected because they had a comparatively large number of American Indian homicide offenders and allowed the interviews to be performed. Sample selection was obviously not random and thus may not be representative of all American Indian homicide offenders.

According to the subculture of violence argument, situations are most likely to trigger culturally accepted violence when an individual's character has been questioned, ridiculed, or insulted. The individual uses physical aggression to defend personal character, which sometimes leads to the death of one of the parties involved. The ideas for defining a culture of self-directed violence are drawn from the research of Palmer and Humphrey (1978; also see Palmer, 1972). These authors hypothesize that attitudes and values in certain subcultures of the population encourage behavior that is harmful to the self, such as alcohol abuse and suicide.

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